I read this when I was in my Romeo and Juliet phase a few months ago.
Title: Saving Juliet
Author: Suzanne Selfors
Summary (B&N.com): Mimi Wallingford, Great Granddaughter of Adelaide Wallingford, has the life that most girls dream about, playing Juliet opposite teen heartthrob Troy Summer on Broadway in Shakespeare’s famous play. Unfortunately, she has no desire to be an actress, a fact her mother can’t seem to grasp. But when she and Troy are magically thrust into Shakespeare’s Verona, they experience the feud between the Capulets and Montagues first hand. Mimi realizes that she and Juliet have more in common than Shakespeare’s script—they are both fighting for futures of their own choosing. Mimi feels compelled to help her and with Troy’s unexpected help, hopes to give Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy a happily-ever-after-ending.
My Review: I was a little wary of this book even though I absolutely adored Suzanne Selfors’ other book Coffeehouse Angel. How can someone turn something as timeless as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into a story where two actors change the course of the story? How feeble would the story line be? Feeble, Saving Juliet, is NOT. I love this book! Suzanne Selfors did what others before her could not. Her segue from present time to Shakespeare’s Verona was brilliantly done. I never saw it coming either, it was like I hadn’t read the book jacket, I was completely in the moment. Selfors’ Juliet was such an endearing character, full of the spunk that I wouldn’t have imagined any Juliet to have. This book was also surprisingly funny, I was laughing a lot of the time. I can’t imagine anyone not falling in love with this book, whether you’re a Shakespeare fan or not. This book may even have you considering re-evaluating your opinion on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. If you’ve ever wondered what it may have been like if Romeo and Juliet had a happy ending…read this book, you won’t be sorry!
Read my review of Coffeehouse Angel, Suzanne Selfors’ other amazing book. Coffeehouse Angel was reviewed as part of my Bulk Review of “Angel Books”.